10 years ago today, I was sitting in my living room late on a Saturday night getting drunk with my roommates and playing NCAA 2008 on PS2. We were those cool guys who would spend an entire weekend playing a three person dynasty. It was a blast.
While I was deciding what recruiting pitch I was going to give a 5-star option quarterback with 4.4 speed out of Tyler, Texas (I always went “program prestige” first), I got a text from our co-founder Tony. It went something like this:
Tony: Have you seen Mike Gundy’s press conference video?
Patrick: No. What’s up?
Tony: Go to Channel 5’s website and watch it. It’s crazy. He chews into Jenni Carlson.
I ran back to my room, fired up the Dell desktop (Once again, this was 2007), and just like everyone else, was amazed by what I saw. Mike Gundy had lost his mind! I then watched it again… and again… and again. I then called my roommates back to my room to watch it again… and again… and again.
At the time, TLO was barely six-months and very literally an obscure local social blog. I figured it would be a fun topic to write about on Monday, so I downloaded the clip from the Channel 5 website with an MPG video stealer, and then uploaded it to our YouTube channel so I could embed it. I titled the video “Mike Gundy Lectures The Oklahoma Media.” I then went back to drinking, playing NCAA football and drunk texting girls. You know, things immature 29-year-old alcoholics do.
The next morning I turned on SportsCenter, and the rant was already the top story. On the clip, ESPN credited YouTube. I wondered if they were using our video, so I checked our YouTube page. This is what I saw: